President Donald Trump has struck out at New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio over plans to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue across the street from Trump Tower. 

 

Following his objection in a tweet, Trump said the New York officers were “furious” over alleged cries from movement protesters of “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” which he said referred “to killing Police.” That chant is not among those commonly used by protestors in New York marching to support black lives. 

The mayor’s office had said the mural would be painted across from the president’s skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, where he stays when he visits his hometown. Similar murals to the one planned for New York have been painted elsewhere in the country to show support for the BLM movement that’s at the forefront of public consciousness following weeks of anti-racism protests and police brutality. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed an area near the White House that became the epicenter of demonstrations “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and unveiled a giant mural on the street.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio greets Inspector Isa Abbassi of the 120th Precinct as New York City’s second Black Lives Matter mural is painted by volunteers between Borough Hall and the 120th Precinct in the Borough of Staten Island on June 19, 2020, as the city marks Juneteenth. 

Trump has spent little time in New York as of late, and changed his official residence to Florida last year. His business empire remains headquartered in New York, however.

Also, the Republican president has lashed out at Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome accusing him of  “Treason, Sedition, Insurrection.” Trump was reacting to comments from Hawk Newsome, who on Fox News said that “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.” “I can be speaking figuratively, I can be speaking literally, it’s a matter of interpretation”, he said. 

The comments came weeks after anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the hands of Minneasea police.

“Let’s be very real,” Newsome said. “Let’s observe the history of the 1960s when black people were rioting. We had the highest growth in wealth, in property ownership. Think about the last few weeks since we started protesting. There have been eight cops fired across the country.”

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